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We’re gonna break down the four essential suits
you need to cover every dress code.
Whether it’s a wedding, whether it’s a job interview,
whether it’s a baby shower, whatever you’re going to,
these suits will get the job done.
Clean and classic.
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These are the suits that you wanna start with
that are gonna look good for almost any occasion.
Anything short of black tie formal, you can wear a suit
like this too.
It’s not too loud.
It’s not too crazy.
And you’re gonna look smooth, you’re gonna look suave.
You want to keep things dark and you want
to keep things elegant.
A suit like this is as classic as it gets.
The lapels aren’t too wide.
They’re not too skinny.
The pattern isn’t too strong.
It’s not overpowering.
It’s gonna go with a ton of different shirt and tie options.
This suit is actually from the ’50s.
I bought it vintage for like a little over 150 bucks,
and minus some very small adjustments,
it fit me pretty perfectly
and it’s going to fit me well for the rest of my life.
If you keep things in that darker range
of tones, your blacks, your navies, your charcoal grays,
those suits are going to be as versatile as possible.
ASAP Rocky, Mr. Rihanna himself,
he is an absolute style god.
He loves to go freaky and funky with his style.
But right here, when he keep it classic,
he shows that even the wildest dressers
look good in a plain black suit.
If your style tends to run a little more idiosyncratic
and you feel that black or navy or gray
feels maybe a little too safe,
then you could try a brown suit, which is another
very neutral color that goes with a lot of things.
Brown is definitely something that we would consider
more of a new classic.
If you’re looking to buy your first suit
you could start with a black suit,
you could start with a navy suit.
A great place to look for something like that
would be a place like Reiss.
It’s a British company.
They make very classic tailored stuff
at very affordable prices.
This one is a great example of a suit that won’t
break the bank, but will also not ever go outta style.
Another great place to find an affordable suit is J. Crew.
J. Crew has long been the standard for great American suits
that don’t cost a lot of money.
This is a great example of a clean and classic navy suit
that will go with everything,
that is a nice weight for the spring and summertime
and will last you a really really long time.
Another great mid-range option still clocks in
under $1000, which is a really great value
for a suit of this quality.
Something from Sid Mashburn’s.
These are the kinds of suits that you would’ve seen guys
like JFK wear.
They feel presidential.
If the suit isn’t making you feel presidential
when you wear it, don’t bother buying it.
If budget is absolutely no option for you,
then the place to go for a suit of this nature is Tom Ford.
He is a fashion mastermind.
His suits are regularly on red carpets, all over the world.
He spares no expense on the finest, finest tailoring.
These suits look so razor sharp when you wear them.
They look like they were molded to your body
and that’s worth the cost of admission,
even though that cost of admission is pretty prohibitive.
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[Gerald] Light and breezy.
So light and breezy suits,
probably more of a summertime situation, so you’re thinking
lighter fabric, cotton, linen, maybe a combo of both.
So the occasions you might wanna wear a light
and breezy suit, a destination type wedding.
Yeah. Garden parties would be great.
You know, you can dress these up or down.
You can pair it with a vacation shirt.
You can rock it with a polo,
maybe throw on some canvas sneakers.
Another thing to keep in mind when you’re wearing suits
like this is that because the fabrics are so light,
they’re going to wrinkle, and that’s just something
you have to get used to.
Young is wearing a nice cotton suit from Alex Mill.
Under $500 for the jacket and the pants.
On a light and breezy summer garden party situation,
this is perfect.
If you’re looking for something in a sort of middle
of the road, price point, Todd Snyder is a great option.
We’ve got this guy right here in a nice light
olive and lightweight cotton fabric.
A suit like this is gonna stand out a little bit more
than a khaki suit, but it’s gonna go
with just as many things.
If you really wanna show out for whatever occasion
you’re going to, this Fear of God suit is
if I see you on the street, applause.
It’s made from this really lightweight
sort of silky crepe fabric.
So, it’s not prone to wrinkling like a linen or cotton suit,
but it’s still lightweight, it’s still breathable.
It’s got this great relaxed silhouette.
A suit like this, it’s like so luxurious and avant garde
that the flowiness of it does a lot of the talking for you.
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[Avidan] Funky and loud.
Funky and loud suits are suits that’ll make
a serious statement regardless of where you’re going.
The cut could be super unusual, it could be voluminous.
Donald Glover, for example is wearing an asymmetrically cut
double breasted suit.
Again with that, telltale slight flare
at the bottom and he looks fantastic.
The texture could be interesting
like the suit that Kyle’s wearing here.
The color could also be the differentiating factor.
It could be super outrageous or extravagant.
Light blue in particular will compliment you
regardless of the occasion.
I don’t know if there is a swervier suit wearer today
more than Harry Styles,
the king of funky and loud tailoring.
So Harry’s suits are cut fairly distinctively.
You’ll notice at the bottom
they finish with a pretty heavily flared leg opening,
which is a design flourish we’ve seen
more and more brands doing nowadays.
The most important thing to remember is that if you’re going
to someone else’s wedding, it’s not your day.
So you don’t really want to steal the spotlight.
That being said, if the dress code is ambiguous enough,
then feel free to take some creative leeway
with the mandate.
So, because this is a funkier and louder suit,
you have a little bit more leeway to get a little
funkier and louder with the adornments.
That means instead of wearing a tie, like I am here,
you could wear a t‑shirt like Kyle is here,
or for that matter, a silky button down and a knit polo.
So if you’re looking for an ideal funky and loud
mid-range option, you should go to a brand like Needles,
which makes a suit that Kyle is wearing today.
It is absolutely nutty.
There are these very subtle polka dots going up and down
the entire silhouette.
It’s got these brash peak lapels so big you could
land an airplane on them.
And in general, the pants tapered down to a bit of a flare
at the bottom, which lends the whole thing
a bit of a ’70s decadent vibe.
This is a suit that it’s almost criminal not to dance in.
This might sound surprising, but some of streetwear’s
best and brightest making and edible statement suit.
You can go to Supreme, which routinely releases a handful
of really eye grabbing tailoring pieces every season,
or a place like Stussy which will be able to outfit you
with the same sort of vibe.
If price isn’t much of a pain point,
As you can imagine, there are plenty of options
like this beautiful double breasted version from Drake’s.
What’s great about this is that it’s actually
a not too distant relative
of the suits that we talked about earlier.
What makes this a little bit more
of a statement is the subtle shadow plaid
and also the cut here.
Another great double breasted option
with a very different cut is this one
from Jerry Lorenzo’s label, Fear of God.
So unlike the Drake’s option we were referencing earlier,
this one’s somewhat different because there’s only
two buttons here, which is very unusual
in most double breasted silhouettes.
Having a boxy silhouette like this alone
is something that will always make a statement
without blinding people’s eyes.
We’ve got a great light blue option here
from the Australian tailor, Patrick Johnson.
Like the Drake’s and Fear of God suits we were
talking about before, it’s also double breasted
and has these substantial peak lapels.
It’s made for busting a move.
[Kyle] Mix and match.
Mix and match is about taking different pieces
and styling them with different trousers
or sport coats that you either have
in your wardrobe already, or finding grails out
in the world.
This is where you can have a little bit more fun
and have more room to really show off your personality.
You probably have a navy suit.
You probably have a gray suit.
Turns out, they go well together,
so you can kind of really get a few more looks
with just two suits.
One thing that could make it a little bit trickier
but also more fun is to play with the different
tones and colors and textures.
So a great starting off point would be
with Uniqlo U’s relaxed fit suit.
Comes in a variety of neutral toned colors,
black, khaki, gray.
The jacket alone is only 90 bucks, so it’s very affordable.
For those who are looking to step it up a tier,
the Stussy sport coat is the way to go.
It’s a little bit more boxy,
a little bit more stylish, still black.
So you can add this with any trouser.
You could do a nice dark charcoal pant with it
and it would look great,
but I might do something on the lighter side
like what Kyle’s got on.
This is also great jumping off point
for some patterned pants too.
So a nice like check or striped pant
would be great for this.
So for another great mid-range option, Engineered Garments
makes a nice Lawrence jacket.
Goes with everything, very neutral.
At a higher tier option, we have this Mr. P charcoal blazer.
It might look kind of plain on the surface, but you know
for this category, this is a really great starting point
that’s gonna get you really far.
So that was it for today.
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